11/19/21: The FDA and CDC released updated guidance on Moderna and Pfizer boosters. See below for details.
Who is Eligible for Boosters Right Now?
Pfizer or Moderna
People who received either vaccine at least 6 months ago who are also 18 years of age or older.
Johnson & Johnson
People 18 years and older who received a single-dose at least 2 months ago.
No medical or employment/industry requirements.
What about people who are immunocompromised?
People who are immunocompromised and received Pfizer or Moderna at least 28 days ago should receive a 3rd dose.
Note: Moderna 3rd dose is a full dose, Moderna booster is a half dose. Please select the appropriate appointment type when scheduling. You must have one of these conditions to receive a 3rddose, all others should receive a Booster dose.
Eligible conditions include:
Active or recent treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
Receipt of solid-organ or recent hematopoietic stem cell transplants
Severe primary immunodeficiency
Advanced or untreated HIV infection
Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
Chronic medical conditions such as asplenia and chronic renal disease may be associated with varying degrees of immune deficit
Why are booster shots recommended for certain groups now?
People’s responses to their initial vaccination vary. Younger people, for example, tend to produce more antibodies to begin with than older adults. That means months later when antibody levels have naturally declined, some people may still have enough to fend off infection while others don’t.
All approved COVID-19 vaccines main purpose is to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death.
The COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S. still offer strong protection against severe COVID-19. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate illness. Individuals with “breakthrough” cases can spread COVID-19 to others.
Here’s what you can do now:
If you are eligible, booster vaccines are available throughout the County. Please see the schedule below or to find a provider close to home vaccines.gov
Locate your vaccine card or record - it will be required at your appointment
If you’ve lost your card and received your vaccinations through the Health Department, please call 610-344-6255.
If you received your vaccinations through another provider, please contact them or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at the information below.
Schedule a Vaccine Appointment
For additional vaccine clinics, please visit vaccines.gov. Also, contact your primary care provider or family doctor for vaccine availability.